Tsering Paldron was born in Lisbon, Portugal and travelled to Brussels at the age of 19 where she discovered Tibetan Buddhism. Her spiritual journey started in 1973. She did a three years’ retreat in the 80’s in France, under the guidance of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and under the supervision of Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. She has received teachings from many other lamas of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
She has been teaching and travelling for the past 25 years, wrote a few books, mainly in Portuguese. The Adventures of Tashi, the Tibetan Cricket – a children’s book – is available in English, French and German.
She gives regular courses, seminars, talks and meditation classes and is in charge of Bodhicharya Portugal. She is regularly invited to teach in the UK, in Berlin and St. Martin (Caribbean), in Bodhicharya and other Buddhist groups.
I remember a warm and sunny day in my youth when I suddenly felt happiness didn’t necessarily depend on anything. It could sprung from within without apparent reason, anytime, anywhere. Actually it felt like underneath my busy and restless mind laid an ocean of sheer and pristine joy, never tainted or polluted even by the most outrageous disturbances.
Existential questions about life’s meaning had been bothering me since my early teens. I suddenly realized they were actually pointless since all the meaning I needed could be achieved by living each moment to it’s fullest.
Unfortunately, doing so wasn’t so easy. Simplicity and suchness are not easy things to accomplish. Fears, desires, all sorts of contradicting feelings bind us and make the light of our awareness dim to a semi-conscious level. And so, the attempt of living life fully, moment by moment, is often mistaken with doing crazy things, living in an unwholesome and chaotic way.
Fortunately, before I could jump into a wretched way of life, Buddhism came my way, unannounced. I had never imagined the answer to my questions could be found in a spiritual path and my untamed mind desperately struggled to escape from the discipline entailed. But karma had decided otherwise.
Almost 40 years passed and countless layers of unnecessary complications were stripped away. I met a great number of extraordinary beings who were the living proof that, not only the sheer and pristine ocean of joy can surface in our consciousness anytime, but actually, IT IS the very essence of our mind, what we call Buddha nature.